Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders

Geriatricians commonly look after older people with Parkinson’s disease, a recognised special interest area of training in geriatric medicine. These services also treat patients with multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, essential tremor, dystonia and other related disorders. 

Services often take the form of a multidisciplinary clinic led by a consultant geriatrician and other team members including specialist nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and speech and language therapists. This allows patients to have their symptoms, medications and consequences of their condition addressed by the relevant professionals in a single appointment. Long-term follow-up is essential for people with Parkinson’s disease and other associated conditions. 

Such teams will often provide a broad liaison service, with specialist nurses supporting the community as well as methods of review for older people with Parkinson’s disease who are admitted to acute care.

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